Bills select JMU OLB Arthur Moats at No. 178

With the No. 178 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills have selected James Madison University outside linebacker Arthur Moats.

A defensive end in college, the 6'1", 246-pound Moats projects as a 3-4 outside linebacker at the pro level. A two-year starter at end for James Madison, scouts were impressed with Moats' athletic numbers at February's scouting combine (4.66-second 40, 4.37-second shuttle, 36.5-inch vertical jump). It's always difficult for small-school pass rushers to make the transition from a severe lower level of competition to the NFL, but Moats is physically blessed, and with proper coaching, could turn into a player. Once again, the Bills have taken a project on day three of the NFL Draft.

Moats will start the season as depth behind Aaron Maybin on the outside, and Aaron Schobel as well, if he decides not to retire. Chris Kelsay and Chris Ellis were the only depth at OLB entering draft weekend, so adding athleticism to the pool of depth was a necessity. With Moats, that mission is accomplished.

Buffalo's next pick is No. 192 overall, a pick they acquired from Philadelphia last year in the Jason Peters trade.

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